Bess Rowen is currently a PhD student in the department of Theatre at CUNY, The Graduate Center. She completed her MA in Performance Studies at New York University in 2011, after graduating from Lehigh University Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a double major in English and Theatre and a minor in Psychology. She is an Equity Membership Candidate and has studied acting at Michael Howard Studios, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, and The Gaiety School of Acting (The National Theatre School of Ireland). She has also directed, stage managed, and even done a little playwriting. Bess is currently an Arts & Culture blogger for The Huffington Post, an Associate Producer with The Fulcrum Theater and has written scholarly reviews for publications such as Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory and Theatre Journal. She has an avid interest in stage directions, female playwrights, Irish theater, and theatrical riots.